October 15, 2010

Two Celebrations For Nanocollege

By: by Larry Rulison, Business Writer, Times Union


ALBANY -- The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering celebrated the groundbreaking of its new research center in the Utica area Thursday and the addition of a new manufacturing partnership in Canandaigua.

The new $128 million center, called the Computer Chip Commercialization Center, is being built at the campus of SUNYIT in Marcy, a suburb of Utica.

The facility will be 180,000 square feet and is expected to be completed by the 2012-13 academic year.

NanoCollege officials also celebrated the creation of a pilot manufacturing line for organic light emitting diodes, or OLEDs, at its new Smart System & Technology Commercialization Center in Canandaigua.

The manufacturing line, considered the first of its kind in the world, is being created with $11.5 million in funding from Moser Baer Technologies Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Moser Baer India Ltd. Another partner in the initiative will be Universal Display Corp., a company that was awarded a $4 million federal stimulus grant to develop OLEDs for commercial lighting panels.

Just last month, the NanoCollege announced the creation of the Canandaigua center through a merger with the state's Infotonics Technology Center.

Alain Kaloyeros, the NanoCollege's chief executive officer, said the investors in the project were sold in part on access to the college's $6.5 billion Albany NanoTech complex on Fuller Road in Albany. The NanoCollege has been establishing research partnerships across the state in an attempt to spur job creation by leveraging the facilities in Albany.

"That's exactly the strategy we hoped would work," Kaloyeros said.